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Mann Art Gallery receives $10000 bequest from late artist's estate – Prince Albert Daily Herald

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Andrée Felley-Martinson was a well-known artist in the city. She passed away in 2019. (Photo courtesy Tony Burton)

Staff at the Mann Art Gallery were surprised to learn that late Prince Albert artist, Andrée Felley-Martinson had left the gallery $10,000 in her estate.

Director/curator Marcus Miller said he received the news through an email sent by the executors of the will.

“We’re ecstatic to have her beautiful paintings and we’re ecstatic that this was just a complete surprise to all of us,” Miller added that the gallery is grateful.

Felley-Martinson lived in Europe and later moved to Saskatchewan in 1963 with her husband. Former director/curator Jesse Campbell described her work as still life but said Felley-Martinson saw beyond certain subjects and her work came naturally to her.

“It was very much a part of her spiritual life. She saw God in art and the two go hand in hand for her, you can’t have one without the other. I think that her art, regardless of what we might be seeing as something like a bouquet of flowers, or a lemon, or a plate it’s beautiful but for her it’s very much a vehicle towards something deeper and more spiritual,” she said.

Campbell met Felley-Martinson in 2012 during an internship at the Mann Art Gallery. She was assigned to visit her studio and get to know her work. From that, the two became friends. Campbell said that they had a lot in common and kept in touch over the years, even after her internship ended.

Campbell returned to Prince Albert in 2014 as the director/curator at the gallery and curated Andrée Felley-Martinson: A Retrospective.

“It’s a curators job to understand what art is being made and what artists are working in the city, that’s how I knew her. But we also did develop a deep friendship,” she said.

Felley-Martinson was known to be a good host, making sure her guests were comfortable. Campbell said she had a lot of conversations with her about art, life, spirituality, Prince Albert and Saskatchewan.

“We had many visits that were many hours long. I don’t think there was such a thing as a short visit with Andrée.”

Felley-Martinson lived in Switzerland, Ireland and England before moving to Saskatchewan.

Campbell believes this demonstrates “how place shapes a person,” for Felley-Martinson to make such an adjustment in her life. She added that she thinks Felley Martinson had a difficult time adjusting to Saskatchewan, but friendships with George Glenn and Margaret Van Welsh, “transformed her”.

Campbell was also surprised to hear about the bequest.

“It very much goes to show how Andée valued the arts and wants artists in Prince Albert and area to be supported through the purchase of their work.”

Another artist, George Glenn, became friends with Felley-Martinson when he moved to Prince Albert in 1975.

Glenn described her as “vivacious” and said she loved people, animals and nature.

“She had a sense of wonder that enabled her to connect to people of any age,” Glenn said.

He added that she was a very good cook and if she had the time and energy and knew in advance guests were coming over, she would have a meal prepared for them.

Glenn was added as a trustee on Felley-Martinson’s estate and responsible for looking after her art collection.

“I would see that the paintings were well-placed, that they went to people who loved her work and loved her.”

He said this is the reason why the gallery received some of Felley-Martinson’s work. He added that he knew she had the gallery in mind for the monetary bequest.

As for how the gallery plans to spend the funds, Miller said they will be used to purchase new art that he’s keeping under wraps.

Felley-Martinson’s bequest will be acknowledged when that art is displayed or reproduced.

“Most galleries across the country have no budget for acquisitions and they rely completely on donations. We’re so lucky and so grateful to have this money to play with. We’ll honour her for years, and years to come with the art we buy there.”

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Inglewood home of limited augmented reality art exhibition – CTV Toronto

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CALGARY —
Local artists will be bringing their works to augmented reality in the windows of businesses in Inglewood during a limited six-week exhibition. 

Northern Reflections is four years running and is an augmented reality exhibition that will feature 11 teams of artists celebrating the power that music, art and business have.

It will run from Jan. 21 through Feb 25.

“It brings business, it brings activation to a neighborhood, this is super COVID safe and it’s also making people think maybe what the future of art is and what that means in terms of participation and engagement,” said Maud Collective creative festival producer, Kevin Jesuino.

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Rebecca O’Brien, executive director of the Inglewood Business Improvement Area (BIA) was excited to bring this exhibit to the Inglewood community.

“I was like yes, this makes total sense because one of the main roles of the BIA is to bring vibrancy to the main street which is very challenging during a pandemic,” said O’Brien.

The exhibit will showcase the works of painters, animators and there will be murals paired with music produced by local and international entertainers.

“People can walk up and down the street, check out the murals, see the magic of the augmented reality but at the same time listen to this music that’s made by local musicians,” Jesuino said.

This is the first time the art will all be held within the one community for viewing.

“You can do a walk and see all 10, all 11 murals in one go, within 40 minutes you can see them all,” said Jesuino. 

Uii Savage, an emerging artist in Calgary did the animating art for the exhibition.

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“I’m really pleasantly happy with it, this is my first-time being part of the festival, so I am someone who works alone, I don’t really work collaboratively but this was a really great experience to work with other people,” Savage said.

Savage created 3D hands that reach out from the branches of the mural and coming together to hold each other which brings attention to the importance of human contact and how it’s missed during the pandemic.

Inglewood resident Dawn Warner was highly impressed by the artistry on display.

“It was just amazing, I’ve never seen anything like that in a picture in my life, like a bunch of hands were moving coming in to the picture, it was really cool,” said Warner.

Participants can download the free Augle app onto their phones to get involved with the interactive element of the exhibit.

The Northern Reflections exhibition is a part of a large winter art festival, Chinook Blast, taking place throughout the city from Feb. 11-28.

With files from Ty Rothermal

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Art Beat: Rogue Arts Festival goes virtual on Saturday – Coast Reporter

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The music and cultural gathering that is the Rogue Arts Festival was among the many arts cancellations last summer, thanks to the pandemic. But the funkiest annual festival on the Coast is bringing last summer’s planned lineup of acts back for a mini-fest this weekend, online. “We are thrilled to be able to showcase a diverse sampling of 2020 Rogue Fest artists while remembering the volunteers, vendors, staff and supporters that have made us who we are today,” Rogue Fest said in a Facebook post. On Saturday, Jan. 23, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. you can catch Bits of String, Disco Funeral, Parlour Panther, Sadé Awele, Sarah Noni, Stephen Hamm, and Tetrahedron. “Hosted by the ever-awesome Ndidi Cascade.” Go to roguefest.ca for details on the performers and information on how to link up on Saturday afternoon.

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Also online this weekend is an opening reception, art exhibit, and meet-the-artist session all in one. On Sunday, Jan. 24, Sechelt artist Lynda Manson presents Tracing Footsteps, a collection of paintings based on sketches by her uncle, Bruce Black, who was killed in action in the Second World War. Manson will show Black’s sketches made while he was off-duty in the U.K., her re-imagined and elaborated takes on them, plus other works related to the theme. Proceeds from the exhibition will go to the bursary fund of the Sunshine Coast branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women. Tickets are $10 at eventbrite.ca or at cfuwsc.org.

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The pandemic has been just as hard on the arts community as other parts of the community and economy since early 2020, so the B.C. government has come up with a new grant program to help out. “Together with the arts sector, we are working hard to make sure that dancers, writers, painters and other artists can continue being resilient and finding innovative ways to keep creating through COVID-19,” B.C. Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport Melanie Mark said in a news release. The ministry has created a new, $500,000 Pivot for Individuals program through the BC Arts Council. B.C. residents can apply for up to $12,000 to learn new skills or adapt their practices. The program is available to professional artists and cultural workers, including: dancers and choreographers; visual artists; writers; actors; multi-media artists; and arts administrators. To learn more, go to bcartscouncil.ca and follow the links.

Due to the pandemic, all listed live events are subject to change. Check ahead. Space is limited in Art Beat but please let us know about your events at arts@coastreporter.net

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President Biden Picks Oval Office Art, Inauguration Spotlights Paintings, and More: Morning Links from January 21, 2021 – ARTnews

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PERFORMERS WERE THE STARS OF YESTERDAY’S INAUGURAL ACTIVITIES, with singers like Lady GagaJon Bon Jovi, and Bruce Springsteen participating in the celebration of President Biden and Vice President Harris, and poet Amanda Gorman delivering an address that stole the show, but visual art is playing a symbolic role in the transition of power, as well. Washington Post reporter Annie Linskey and photographer Bill O’Leary got a look inside Biden’s Oval Office, and found that a portrait of Benjamin Franklin had taken the place of one of President Andrew Jackson (a favorite of President Trump). The presence of Franklin, who was an inventor, writer, scientist, and more (really a jack of all trades), is “intended to represent Biden’s interest in following science,” Linskey writes. Also present: busts of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, a moon rock, and a 1917 Childe Hassam flag painting that President Obama also displayed in the office. (Trump had it on view for a stretch, but eventually removed it.) As it happens, historian Jon Meacham, who’s known to have Biden’s ear, used another Hassam for the cover of his 2018 book, The Soul of America.

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PRESIDENTS CAN BORROW ART FROM THE SMITHSONIAN TO DECORATE the White House, as Smithsonian magazine detailed in 2009. Obama’s picks included pieces by Ed Ruscha and Glenn Ligon. It’s not known yet what the Bidens may have picked, but Alex Greenberger reported in ARTnews that First Lady Jill Biden did help select a landscape by the pioneering Black painter Robert Duncanson to serve as the official painting of the inaugural. The work is owned by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in D.C., and its inclusion signals “a new administration with an insightful understanding of art’s potential power,” Los Angeles Times critic Christopher Knight writes in a column. It was not the only painting getting some special attention. Olaf Seltzer ’s 1927  painting Lewis and Clark with Sacajawea at the Great Falls of the Missouri, 1804 was printed in the inaugural’s official program, Tulsa World reports. It’s in the collection of the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, and was just put on view yesterday in an exhibition called “Americans All!”

The Digest

One last Inauguration-related item: street artist Adrian Wilson was responsible for transforming a New York subway sign at 46th Street in Queens to read “46th Joe”—an image that spread quickly around the world. [Gothamist]

Collector Roberto Polo, a “financier whose roller-coaster career included a major art fraud scandal that landed him in prison,” is showcasing his holdings in new art spaces in Toledo, Spain, Raphael Minder reports. [The New York Times]

Australian artist Adrian Jones has died at the age of 63. The cause was pancreatic cancer. [ArtAsiaPacific]

Ruben Suykerbuyk has been tapped by the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, to be its new curator of Old Masters . . . [Press Release]

. . . and collectors Laurens Vancrevel and Frida de Jong have donated a number of Surrealist paintings and publications to the museum. [The Art Newspaper]

The Hyundai automobile company is partnering with the digital-art group Rhizome on a series of projects, online and off. [Aju Business Daily]

Canon has launched a website that allows users to take photographs of space via satellite technology. [Hong Kong Tatler]

Since many art museums are closed in the United Kingdom amid lockdown restrictionsThe Guardian is taking a tour of their collections in a series of articles. Today’s focuses on a Rose Wylie work. [The Guardian]

The New York home that artist Sarah Sze shares with her family is stocked with art by Kara Walker, Richard Serra, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and many more. [Architectural Digest]

Musician and artist John Lurie is the subject of a new show, which “is like an apprenticeship with a crotchety bohemian Yoda,” James Poniewozik writes. [The New York Times]

Curator Robert Storr has a new compilation of essays out—and he is as pugnacious as ever in a new interview. [Artnet News]

The Kicker

Hong Kong–based artist Phoebe Hui Fong-wah has been working on a new project with curator Kwok Ying that has involved collaborating with NASA. Sadly, though, just when she was about to see moon dust at one of NASA’s buildings in Houston—she was in her hotel room there!—officials told her not to come, citing coronavirus precautions. “I basically refused to leave until Ying convinced me to fly back,” she tells the South China Morning Post. “I didn’t want to bullshit. I wanted to see moon dust myself. I was gutted. But, of course, we managed in the end with Zoom and emails.” [South China Morning Post]

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